Game Commission seeks citizen advisory committee volunteers

Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is calling for
nominations of citizens willing to participate in one of four
Citizen Advisory Committees (CACs) to help gather input related to
the deer management goal of reducing deer-human conflict in three
Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in 2011.

Those WMUs identified for next year are: WMU 2D, which consists
of areas in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Jefferson, Venango, Indiana
and Westmoreland counties; WMU 2F, which consists of areas in
Forest, Warren, Elk, McKean, Jefferson, Clarion and Venango
counties; WMU 2G, which consists of areas in Clinton, Lycoming,
Tioga, Potter, McKean, Cameron, Elk, Clearfield and Centre
counties; and WMU 3C, which consist of areas in Bradford,
Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming and Lackawanna counties.

All nominations will be compiled and presented to the
Commonwealth’s Office of Strategic Services, who will interview
potential candidates, make the final selections of participants and
facilitate the meetings. The Game Commission does not participate
in the selection process, and there is no guarantee that any
nominee will be selected or even contacted for an interview.

“Citizens will serve as representatives of specific stakeholder
groups and work with other stakeholders to provide a deer
population recommendation for each WMU,” said Carl G. Roe, Game
Commission executive director. “CAC recommendations then will be
considered by Game Commission personnel – along with indicators of
deer health, forest habitat health and deer population trends –
when making deer management recommendations to the Board of Game
Commissioners.

“We are looking for nominees that are fair and open-minded; have
good interpersonal skills; are not holding office in organizations
related to the stakeholder group they are seeking to represent; and
are willing to collect input from members of the stakeholder group
they represent outside of formal Citizen Advisory Committee
meetings.”

Roe noted that the Board of Commissioners retains the authority
to make final deer management decisions.

“The purpose of the CACs is to gather input related to the deer
management goal of reducing deer-human conflict,” Roe said.

The objectives of CACs include providing an opportunity for the
Game Commission to understand stakeholder values regarding deer
management; an opportunity for stakeholders to interact with one
another; an opportunity for stakeholders to have direct input
concerning deer population goals that ultimately affect all
Pennsylvanians; and an opportunity for the Game Commission to
inform stakeholders on the mission of the Game Commission,
complexities of deer management, and the importance of proper
management.

Stakeholder groups needing representation in all CACs, except
where noted, are: sportsmen-resident; sportsmen-nonresident; forest
industry; rural non-farm landowner; homeowners in developed areas;
highway safety agent; public land owner; conservationist; and
agriculture.

CAC Nomination Form can be downloaded from the Game Commission
website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on “White-Tailed Deer” on
the homepage, and then choose “Citizens Advisory Committee.”
Individuals also may contact the Game Commission by phone at
717-787-5529 to obtain a CAC Nomination Form, which should be
returned to the address provided on the form.

Nominees must live in the WMU in which they apply and must
complete a CAC Nomination Form to be considered. All nominations
must be received by Sept. 15.

For further information, visit the Game Commission’s website
(www.pgc.state.pa.us) click on “White-tailed Deer”, and then choose
“Citizens Advisory Committee,” where additional information can be
found, including detailed reports from previous CACs held in WMUs
1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2E, 3A, 3B, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A, 5B, 5C,
and 5D.

 

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